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Serving Cork for 120 years ‘Debt collectors targeted parents of injured garda’ By ANN MURPHY

Security Correspondent

A garda on duty outside the house at White’s Cross, where five year-old Fionn Dawson was injured in an accident.

Community in shock at tragic death of boy, five Tragedy as fireplace collapses in house AS INVESTIGATIONS continued today into the cause of a freak accident which claimed the life of a five-year-old boy the local community stood united in support with the grieving parents.

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Fionn Dawson was playing at his home at Coolgreen, White’s Cross, near Upper Glanmire, when a fireplace collapsed on him. Donal Kelleher, chairperson of the Upper Glanmire Community Association, said the community was devastated. “People are absolutely shocked and reeling from this awful tragedy,” he said.

THE parents of a Cork garda were approached by debt collectors after he could not afford to pay €100 for treatment for an injury suffered while on duty. Bandon-based Garda Mary Galvin revealed the case to delegates attending the Garda Representative Association conference in Mayo as an example of how pay cuts have affected gardaí and their families. She was speaking during a debate on the first Croke Park agreement, which included a clause that any cuts to pay and allowances would be a breach of the Croke Park I agreement by the Government. She said: “Members are very distressed. I have a member who is handing back the keys of his house at the moment. And I have another who got injured while on duty and could not afford the €100 fee for the accident and emergency department. Afterwards his mother and ● Continued on page three.





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By PADRAIG HOARE Fionn’s devastated Dad, Cormac, who works for Musgrave Group, was told of the accident while working in Kildare. He was given a garda escort from there to Cork. The family are well-known and popular members of the community and the entire area is in shock following the tragic death. Fionn was playing at home after a morning at pre-school. Fionn had finished pre-school at 12.30pm yesterday and was playing at home in Coolgreen when part of a fireplace collapsed on him at ● Continued on page two.

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